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Clover restructures, establishes raw milk supplier spin-off

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 1 hour 11 minutes ago JSE-listed Clover has unbundled its raw milk supplier operations into a special-purpose vehicle, Dairy Farmers of South Africa (DFSA), through a restructure programme aimed at reducing its exposure to the cyclicality of its low-margin business and developing higher-margin, value-added products in... 

Clover restructures, establishes raw milk supplier spin-off

Group Five, AIF enter into JV for Intertoll Europe assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago JSE-listed Group Five has entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) alliance that will see Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds (AIF) acquire a 49.99% stake in Group Five’s European investment and concession assets within the Intertoll Europe underlying public–private-partnership (PPP) project’s... 

Group Five, AIF enter into JV for Intertoll Europe assets

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago State-owned electricity provider Eskom on Monday reiterated its commitment to procure coal for its power stations from companies that have a black ownership of more than 50%, throughout the life of the mine. This comes after Exxaro Resources recently revealed a new black economic empowerment... 

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago International law firm Pinsent Masons is formally establishing its African office in Johannesburg, from where it plans to pursue continental opportunities in the areasof infrastructure, energy and technology. The firm, which is domiciled in the UK, is a specialist infrastructure practice... 

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice
Pinsent Masons founding partners Rob Morson, George Sibanda and Shane Voigt

Business commits to continue building South Africa after S&P’s maintains country’s credit rating

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 6 hours ago The business community has welcomed ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) decision to retain South Africa’s sovereign credit rating at its current level, which meant that the country’s long-term foreign currency debt was rated as investment grade by all three major rating agencies. “This is a... 

Business commits to continue building South Africa after S&P’s maintains country’s credit rating

South Africa's Zuma reassures investors after dodging credit downgrade

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago President Jacob Zuma moved to reassure foreign investors on Saturday after all three major rating agencies kept South Africa's investment-grade status, granting the scandal-prone leader a reprieve after prolonged political turmoil. S&P Global Ratings downgraded the local debt of Africa's most... 

South Africa's Zuma reassures investors after dodging credit downgrade
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Italtile increases sales by 14.7% in five months to November

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Ceramic tiles and related products provider Italtile increased its system-wide sales for the five months to November 30, to R2.9-billion, representing growth of 14.7% compared with the five months ended November 30, 2015. Nine TopT stores were opened during the five months, although their full... 

DA in bid to force Zuma to institute State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      Updated 6 hours ago The DA will not only oppose the President’s application to have the Public Protector's State of Capture report set aside, but will also approach the Constitutional Court to force him to appoint an inquiry. “We will file papers today to compel President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of... 

DA in bid to force Zuma to institute State capture inquiry
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela

South Africa urged to invest in Algeria to boost trade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 1 hour 34 minutes ago Algeria is a strategic [partner] country for South Africa, being the largest trading partner in the North Africa region and accounting for 43% of South Africa’s total trade with North Africa from 2011 to 2015. For this reason, Department of Trade and Industry Africa bilateral and economic... 

Bonuses for failing PetroSA executives must be paid back, says DA

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called for the R17.3-million in bonuses paid by PetroSA to its top executives to be paid back immediately, and for the legal opinion which “informed this disastrous payment” to be made public and tabled before Parliament. “This is after it was revealed today... 

Old Mutual’s Cape Town office a southern hemisphere leader in green building

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 23 minutes ago Old Mutual’s Mutualpark offices, in Pinelands, Cape Town, have received a 5-star Green Star South Africa (SA) Existing Building Performance rating.   This rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) makes it the largest existing building to achieve this level of environmental... 

Illegal electricity connections tripping up service delivery in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is facing an uphill battle to prevent illegal connections to the grid, the city said on Sunday. Last week, attempts to disconnect illegal users resulted in violent protest action in Schaapkraal and the Philippi horticultural area. 

Western Cape provisional municipal audit report shows municipalities continue upward trend towards good governance

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago The Auditor General of South Africa (Agsa) has awarded clean audits to 23 of 30 Western Cape municipalities for 2015/16, the Western Cape government said on Sunday. This was highlighted in the Agsa's provisional audit report on Western Cape municipalities, and was an improvement from the 22... 

Western Cape provisional municipal audit report shows municipalities continue upward trend towards good governance

Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe 

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe, Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister said on Saturday. The agreement was reached during a visit by the Morocco's King Mohammed to the... 

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 2 minutes ago Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in conjunction with ArcelorMittal (AMSA), Barloworld and Grindrod Logistics, have launched a ‘steel hub’ at TFR’s Elandsfontein yard to migrate steel volumes that are being transported by road back onto rail. Two years after first deliberations, the first train... 

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport

Glencore producing zinc at minus cost

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 minutes ago Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is producing zinc at negative cost. This year it has been doing so at -3c/lb and next year it expects to do so at an even better -14c/lb, supported by healthy lead by-product credits. 

Glencore producing zinc at minus cost
Photo by Duane Daws
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 15 minutes ago While independent power producers await government’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with bated breath, as it could possibly impact on the roll-out of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), electricity storage provider Bushveld Minerals is excited... 

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

Lufthansa's year-round Frankfurt-Cape Town route launched

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 International airline Lufthansa’s new direct year-round flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday morning. Passengers on this flight will enjoy a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which boasts 279 seats and offers the airline’s new intercontinental... 

No conclusive data on feasibility of nuclear, National Treasury says

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 National Treasury has said there are no conclusive figures to date on the financial affordability and social impact on procuring new nuclear plants for South Africa. In a response to a parliamentary question released on Friday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said studies released by the... 

R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

Redefine moves to transform board

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has announced a number of changes to its board and board committees, in line with its gender diversity goals. Independent nonexecutive director Günter Steffens and nonexecutive director Mike Watters will step down from the board at the... 

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2016 The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, was launched on Friday. Built over two years, the hospital will host a number of centres of excellence for paediatric care. This includes the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery ward, an oncology and haemotology ward, a... 

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care

Air Seychelles opens direct route to Durban

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 Air Seychelles has established a new direct route to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal set to open on March 30, 2017. Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting from R5 000 and business class fares starting from R15 000. 

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system 

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees a shortage in nickel arising as a result of burgeoning demand from electric vehicle (EV) production. Batteries used in EVs are consuming about 100 000 t of nickel demand and if 10% of the world’s vehicle fleet transitions to electric power,... 

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons
Glencore's Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia, a French territory.

SAA still years from break-even

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) does not expect to reach break-even point for another five years. “We remain committed to ensuring that the airline becomes financially self-reliant and the arrival of these aircraft mark a stepping stone in our move in that direction,” assured SAA... 

SAA still years from break-even
Photo by SAA
SAA’s first Airbus A330-300 airliner

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas said in a media release this week. “Using... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
Nestlé will reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018

WHO approves INSTI HIV self-test for African market

By: Sane Dhlamini     2nd December 2016 The INSTI HIV self-test (INSTI) manufactured by Canadian company bioLytical Laboratories will soon be available for the African market after getting the nod from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This comes after the WHO released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and... 

WHO approves INSTI HIV self-test for African market

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

Sun City relaunches after R1bn upgrade

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 Government Ministers, businesspeople and representatives from the media joined a host of entertainers including fire throwers, stilt walkers, dancers and a scattering of Miss South Africas, past and probably future, at Sun City this week to celebrate the resort’s relaunch after a R1-billion... 

Nersa postpones public hearings into Rompco’s gas tariff application

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has postponed public hearings into gas transmission pipeline company Rompco’s tariff application for a gas pipeline expansion project, in Mozambique, until January. Rompco is seeking approval from Nersa for a baseline tariff of R49.87/GJ for... 

Botswana, Namibia expand scope of Trans-Kalahari railway project

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 The government of Botswana and Namibia have expanded the scope of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line project from being a dedicated coal export route to a multisectoral project designed to unlock the potential of other economic sectors along the corridor. Addressing parliament in Gaborone on... 

WTO Member African countries must ratify trade facilitation agreement – AUC Commissioner

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl called on African countries that are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to ratify its Trade Facilitation Agreement. She said it created a blueprint for customs modernisation amongst its 162 members. 

Gordhan orders inquiry into tax agency

By: Reuters     2nd December 2016 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered an investigation into the tax collection authority, officials told parliament on Thursday, underlining rising tensions between the Treasury and the revenue agency. Gordhan has expressed concerns at the leadership of the South African... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses
eThekwini Transport Authority head Thami Manyathi (centre), shows the emerging Regent Street station to Samsung KwaZulu-Natal GM Karlan Chetty and Samsung KwaZulu-Natal director of business operations Hlubi Shivanda

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The agency says the testing and commissioning of the units “have progressed well in the past six months,... 

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture 

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture
Photo by Duane Daws
Professor Mike Muller

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2016 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

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